In regard to "Has L.A. Forgotten the Party?" (May 22), I would not worry too much about the delegates seeing the downside of Los Angeles. I am sure they have all been in Washington, D.C., at one time or another.
I was flabbergasted at the lack of concern and understanding for how important the Democratic Convention is to Los Angeles.
If I was an out-of-town delegate, I wouldn't have a lot of confidence in L.A. pulling off a seamless convention when its communications director, Ben Austin, is quoted as saying, "We didn't want to create a city that wouldn't exist a week after the convention," and, "It's important that when we, as a city, step into the national spotlight that we don't gloss over our problems in the community. Our job is to tell the whole story of L.A."
If Austin and his supervisors really believe the things that he said, then the streets shouldn't be the only thing broomed.